It was summertime and there was no more snow. People living in the forest would walk through the trees and the hills to visit each other's homes. Sometimes a neighbour's family would come to spend the day. Before they came, her mother did extra cleaning and cooking. She also opened the package of store-bought sugar. (i.e. not maple sugar link.mingpao.com/73964.htm)
When they came a wagon would drive up to the gate in the morning and there would be new children to play with.
When Mr. and Mrs. Huleatt came, they brought Eva and Clarence with them. Eva was a pretty girl, with dark eyes and black curls. She played carefully and kept her dress clean and smooth. Mary liked that, but Laura liked better to play with Clarence.
Clarence was red-headed and freckled, and always laughing. His clothes were pretty, too. He wore a blue suit buttoned all the way up the front with bright gilt (gold covered) buttons, and trimmed with braid. He had copper-toed shoes. The strips of copper across the toes were so glitteringly bright that Laura wished she were a boy. Little girls didn't wear copper-toes.
Laura and Clarence ran and shouted and climbed trees, while Mary and Eva walked nicely together and talked. Her mother and Mrs. Huleatt visited and looked at a Godey's Lady's Book which Mrs. Huleatt had brought. Godey's Lady's Book was a magazine, not a book. It was just called a book. It had poetry, articles and drawings. Many of them were written by women for other women. The magazine even described colleges that allowed women in as students. Laura thought that climbing trees was more fun.
Her father must have thought that Godey's Lady's Book was boring too. He and Mr. Huleatt looked at the horses and the crops (food) growing in the field.